Science Policy Analyst - NIH - Bethesda, MD

Kelly Services - Bethesda, MD3.9

Temporary | Contract
Science Policy Analyst *** NIH *** Bethesda, MD

Kelly Government Solutions is a strategic supplier and business partner to the federal government and its key suppliers. Through our partnership with the National Institutes of Health, Kelly Government Solutions offers administrative, IT, engineering, scientific, and healthcare professionals the opportunity to work with one of the most prestigious research organizations in the world. We are currently seeking a Science Policy Analyst to work with the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.

This is a long-term contract position which offers:
  • Competitive salary with comprehensive benefit package
  • Opportunity to work at NIH, world's foremost medical research center
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TASKS/SERVICES: The contractor shall:
(1) Assess alignment of policymakers’ interests with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) mission, and work with staff to develop strategies/opportunities to educate/inform policymakers on relevant NHLBI scientific, education, and outreach efforts

(2) Collect, research and analyze data and information from reports from Congressional officials and groups (caucuses) and from stakeholder organizations, such as patient advocacy groups or scientific/medical societies.

(3) Serve as point person for data calls, reports, engagement requests, visits to the NHLBI, or NHLBI’s meetings with parties described above; maintain an account of such.

(4) Craft responses to inquiries that come to the Science Policy and Outreach Reporting Branch (SPOR) from legislators, advocates or other interested parties regarding areas of the NHLBI scientific portfolio

(5) Consult with subject matter experts in NHLBI and leverage SPOR resources such as the Science and Technology Advances Tool (STAT).

(6) Prepare materials (e.g., digital content, hard copy take-aways, social media messages, data visualizations) to inform and educate policymakers, patients, and other stakeholders about NHLBI investments and priorities in heart, lung, blood, and sleep research.

(7) Conduct preliminary search/review for data with the potential for use when needed to guide reporting and responding.

(8) Collaborate with staff on writing and editing technical reports that support leadership’s public messaging. Such includes, but is not limited to, entries for the NIH Director’s Biomedical Research Advanced Information Network (BRAIN), and NHLBI Director’s talking points on NHLBI research programs and priorities as assigned.

(9) Organize and express complex scientific concepts in language that is clear and comprehensible to the target audience (e.g. policymakers and influential stakeholder organizations).

(10) Update information on the NHLBI public-facing website aimed at policy and legislative connections on a timely basis.

(11) Participate in the outreach and engagement functions of SPOR

(12) Summarize, analyze, and monitor proposed legislation, and enacted public laws, of interest to the NHLBI; highlight areas of potential concern or relevance to the NHLBI Strategic Vision.

(13) Advise the SPOR chief and OSPEEC director, and when necessary, the NHLBI director and senior staff on the significance of legislative activities for the Institute,

(14) Support and work with staff to implement social media engagement of Members of Congress and NHLBI stakeholder groups.

(15) Work with staff on the preparation of background information and materials for meetings involving the NHLBI Director and leadership with patient advocacy organizations and scientific/medical societies.

(16) Prepare and coordinate the preparation of any follow-up documents or information requested of NHLBI at Congressional hearings or stakeholder meetings.

(17) Track upcoming Congressional hearings and briefings of interest to the NHLBI, research the goals and agenda

(18) Attend hearings, and upon request, provide written summaries and detailed analyses of hearings/briefings, to be shared with NHLBI leadership and program staff.

(19) Coordinate Congressional visits and briefings both on and off campus; prepare briefing materials for NHLBI officials who are invited to go before Congress and assist in preparing materials requested from the NHLBI for the NIH Director when necessary.

(20) Coordinate and execute meetings with stakeholders, including agenda development, staffing, notetaking, follow-up on action items.

(21) Explore and build new stakeholder relationships.

REQUIREMENTS: The contractor ideally would have:
(1) Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related analytical discipline; three (3) years of specialized experience plus a Master’s degree is equivalent to a Ph.D.

(2) Minimum of three (3) years of specialized experience in science policy.

(3) Experience working on policy or legislative matters or conducting activities for or with policymakers on Capitol Hill.

(4) Demonstrated experience in technical/scientific writing.

(5) Knowledge of legislative and federal appropriations processes.

(6) Broad knowledge of the full range of public policy issues affecting science, education and health, with understanding of the relationship between Executive and Legislative Branches of the government.

(7) Relevant experience in conducting data analysis to guide evidence-based reporting and decision-making.

(8) Competence in the use of standard office systems and tools for use in developing reports and materials (Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint, Adobe Acrobat, etc.).

(9) Systems acumen and the capacity for training in the use of NIH databases.

(10) Experience with data visualization software such as Tableau or Socrata.

(11) Strong communication skills, both oral and written.

(12) Excellent analytical, organizational and time management skills.


Note that the phone number for our NIH branch is not listed. Due to the high volume of inquiries, we regret that we cannot accept phone calls. All qualified candidates will be contacted.

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